Screenwriting: Your Words in Action

Decatur Recreation Center Studio

Sunday, 3:45-4:30

Dozens of major motion pictures and television shows are being produced in Georgia. Film production raked in $7 billion for the state last year alone. If you've ever wanted to see your words acted out on screen, now is the time. Get an introduction to the craft of visual storytelling from Michael Lucker (CRASH! BOOM! BANG! How to Write Action Movies) and Akil DuPont, two professionals with screenwriting, producing, and directing credits on their resume. And find out what opportunities are available to screenwriters and other production workers in Atlanta.


Akil DuPont

Akil DuPont was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and a MFA in Film Production from Florida State University (FSU).

Through the course of his career as a storyteller in theatre and film, Akil DuPont has earned 25 awards in 36 film festivals including 2 Student Emmys! His films have played in over 60 countries. In 2014, he was named #7 of the top 100 indie filmmaker in the world.

Recently, Akil just finished production on his latest film, “Po Psi Broke”. A broad comedy about a rich freshman trying to get into a poor and PROUD fraternity!

Currently, Akil is a film production professor at the Georgia Film Academy, teaching out of Pinewood Film Studio.

Nelson George

Nelson George is an author and filmmaker with a passion for Black American culture. He has written the music histories The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America, directed the documentaries Finding the Funk and A Ballerina’s Tale and is a supervising producer of The Get Down on Netflix. His novels include the first three in his D Hunter mystery series, The Accidental Hunter, The Plot Against Hip Hop and The Lost Treasures of R&B. He is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., and To Funk and Die in LA is his latest novel in the D Hunter series.

Michael Lucker

Michael Lucker began his career writing and directing television commercials while earning his undergraduate degree in broadcasting and film at Boston University's College of Communication. Soon after, he landed in Los Angeles, working in production for ABC, NBC, and CBS before taking a job as Steven Spielberg's assistant at Amblin Entertainment on the feature films Always, Arachnophobia, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He served in creative affairs on feature films at Hollywood Pictures before embarking on a career as a screenwriter, helping pen screenplays for Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, and Universal, including Vampire in Brooklyn, Home on the Range, Mulan II, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which was nominated for a "Best Animated Feature" Academy Award in 2003. An opportunity to serve as creative consultant to Turner Entertainment took him to Atlanta, where he launched his own production company, Lucky Dog Filmworks, which now serves as his home for creating film, television, and commercial content. In television, Lucker has worked with Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery, NBC, TBS, TNT, TLC, OWN, DIY, MSNBC, and A&E. A renowned instructor in screenwriting, Lucker presently serves as screenwriting mentor for the Atlanta Film Festival, founder of the Atlanta-based Screenwriter School, and professor of screenwriting at Emory University.


Lisa Ferrell

Lisa Ferrell is a seasoned production professional whose background encompasses television series and film development and production/post production for television, film and commercials. She began her career as an assistant in a film studio with a First Look Deal with a major network. As the “D-Girl," her responsibilities included finding and identifying story ideas worthy of script adaptation and writing script coverage for scripts submitted to the production company.

Ferrell has worked in series and tele-film development for CBS, Lifetime Television/Hearst Entertainment, NBC and TBS. While at motion capture studio Giant Studios/Profile, she was involved in the post production of films that include New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and Sony Imageworks' animated holiday feature Polar Express. She was also instrumental in creating the pilot episode for the long-running Ripley’s Believe It or Not! series for TBS.

After starting Lisa Ferrell Productions in 2016, Ferrell worked on numerous projects for such clients as J Walter Thompson, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, CARE USA, Toys R Us, music videos, a number of short indie films and concept pitch projects. She is currently co-producing a documentary on advertising pioneer Bill Sharp and the history of Blacks in advertising with co-Producer/Director filmmaker Bill VanDerKloot. She serves on the Executive Board of the Georgia Production Partnership, is Director of Education for the Milledgeville Film Festival, and serves as a consultant for the ASIFA South Film Festival.